Cookery & Restaurant Service Skills Level 3 Cookery & Restaurant Service Skills Level 3

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Chef training

ProgrammePart-time, 1 year (while still at school)

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Qualification name

Service Industries (Food and Beverage) Training Fees may apply to international students

Programme code




NZQF credits




Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch, Timaru and Oamaru

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Programme Content

Gain cooking skills for further study or employment, while you're still at school.

Dual Enrolment programmes are FREE if you're in Years 11, 12 or 13 and a great way to earn NCEA credits and get a feel for tertiary study, while you’re still at school.

Working with experienced chefs in our commercial kitchens, your study will cover culinary skills, pastry skills and restaurant service essentials. Our practical training will give you the confidence and know-how to work your culinary magic in a commercial kitchen and hone your skills across a range of cooking styles, from main courses to pastries.

This programme is delivered one day per week (Timaru and Oamaru Tuesdays 9am - 3pm, Christchurch Fridays 9am - 3pm).

*Places are limited and funding is dependent on availability. Some courses may incur costs, depending on the learner's eligibility.

Programme Credits

NZQF credits in the table below are awarded to you on completion of this programme. These credits contribute to achieving your NCEA qualification.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • To enrol you must be in Year 11, 12 or 13 at a secondary school and a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or hold a visa that allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.

    If you are interested in enrolling in a Dual Enrolment course, you should first talk to your secondary school or with Ara.

    As different programmes are offered, entry requirements, application, and interview processes (including selection criteria) may vary.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English isn't your first language, you may be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer to the Acceptable Alternative Chart or contact us for an assessment.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Application Documents

Career opportunities

On completion of this qualification you can apply for 1 year fees free study and progress to the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4 or New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) Level 4 to further your culinary journey.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits Level 4 Credits
13325 Prepare and bake basic cakes, sponges and scones in a commercial kitchen. 5 4 4
13331 Prepare and cook pickles, chutneys and preserves in a commercial kitchen. 5 4 4
14441 Provide café counter service in a hospitality establishment. 6 5 5
27955 Apply food safety practices in a food related business. 3 5 5
17284 Demonstrate knowledge of coffee origin and production. 6 3 3
17285 Demonstrate knowledge of commercial espresso coffee equipment and prepare espresso beverages under supervision. 9 4 4
17288 Prepare and present espresso beverages for service. 7 5 5